Melissa McCarthy seems to have a larger-than-life personality to match her outrageous, slapstick comedy roles. Hailing from a small town in Illinois, McCarthy never expected her life to become the glamorous reality it is now. Raved about and well-respected in the comedy world, McCarthy worked incredibly hard to become one of Hollywood's priciest leading ladies.
At a screening of her recent film The Boss, McCarthy reportedly made an appearance only two trailers into the experience, when she began throwing red berets into the audience and then proceeded to thank all her fans for coming out. Simultaneously humble and hysterical, this anecdote perfectly sums up McCarthy's attitude and presence within the entertainment industry.
We've compiled a list of Melissa McCarthy facts, trivia, quotes, stories, and more to help garner a better sense of what makes this woman so funny. Some of these might surprise you, while others just make total sense. Either way, this look into McCarthy's past will only make you appreciate the actress for her comedic talents more than you already did. Here are 19 interesting facts you may not know about Melissa McCarthy.
Despite often playing a complete klutz on the big screen, Melissa McCarthy actually had some stellar Bring It On! moves before she made it big. Back in high school, McCarthy was a member of her cheerleading squad. Part of the St. Francis Academy's team in small town Joliet, Illinois, McCarthy used to tumble and kick for the football team.
A lot of people share the same last name, even in Hollywood. But believe it or not, Melissa and Jenny McCarthy are indeed related. McCarthy *squared* are actually first cousins, and Jenny McCarthy helped get the other McCarthy her first gig on the sitcom Jenny. Both funny ladies have remained close, but appear to run in different circles. Jenny McCarthy once told Howard Stern that the two are in "opposite worlds" despite navigating through the same limelight.